Shabu worth P28M intercepted at NAIA; Thai suspect nabbed

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    OPERATIVES of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested yesterday a female Thai traveler who tried to slip into the country over four kilos of shabu, worth P28 million, at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City.

    The Thai, Pakjira Janwong, 27, arrived at the NAIA-Terminal 3 at around 1:40 a.m. via AirAsia Zest Flight Z2 288 from Bangkok.

    PDEA-National Capital Region chief Joel Plaza said the suspected shabu, weighing 4.125 kilos, was found in the Thai’s luggage.

    “The substance later tested positive for methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) through a field test,” said Plaza.

    The Thai and the seized drugs were turned over to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency for filing of charges and further investigation.

    In Iloilo City, P7.4 million of shabu was seized while a mother, her son and a 56-year-old woman were nabbed in buy-bust operations.

    Major Jonathan Pinuela of Iloilo City PNP indentified the three as Jennifer Abantao Nosotros, 42; her son John Rey Abantao Nosotros, 20; and Lalaine dela Cruz Ereño, 56.

    Seized from the mother and son were two packs of suspected shabu with a street value of P6.3 million. Seized from Ereño were 15 sachets of suspected shabu with an estimated street value of P1.125 million.

    Meanwhile, 3 suspected drug dealers were killed when they fought it out with policemen during a buy-bust operation in San Jose del Montein Bulacan on Sunday night.

    The Bulacan provincial police office identified one of the fatalities as Jay-ar Borromeo, who is on the drug watch list of the PNP and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. The two others were identified through their aliases as Liit and Jr.

    Policemen recovered at the scene a cal. 38 revolver, an improvised shotgun, an improvised handgun, assorted ammunition, empty cartridges, P500 buy-bust money, 30 sachets of shabu, and a tricycle.

    Five persons, including two minors, were arrested in anti-drug operations in Mandaluyong, Marikina and Pasig.

    Brig. Gen. Johnson Almazan, Eastern police district director, identified the five as Rey Avila, 28; Gabby Olandive, 24; Dexter Pagulayan, 19; and two boys aged 14 and 15 who were turned over to the DSWD. – With Noel Talacay and Christian Oineza

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